Weirdly enough, Bicycle Day celebrates, not bicycles themselves, but the legendary bike ride taken on April 19, 1943, by Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hofmann after ingesting 250 micrograms of his experimental drug LSD.
You can read about that here if you're interested, but here at the Intercranial Whizbang Hour we're just going to pretend that Bicycle Day is about bicycles, okay? Two-wheeled songs will open this week's show.
Tuesday, 4/19/11, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.
150 years ago, on April 12, 1861, Confederate forces opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, initiating the American Civil War.
This week's Whizbang will open with music from the Civil War era, and by contemporary artists writing about it, from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to the Decemberists, Michelle Shocked and Neil Young, among many others.
Also: the long-awaited (and somewhat controversial) return of NRBQ - Keep This Love Goin', the first album of new material since 2004. We'll be playing a bunch of tracks during the second half of the show.
Tuesday 4/12/11, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.
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And you'll certainly want to tune in for a special Whizbang celebration of all things unambivalently amphibious. Don't forget I toad you so.
Tuesday 4/5/11, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.
I've always been of the opinion that the term 'Professional Sports' is an oxymoron: if you're doing it for a living, it ain't a sport.
I might possibly have gotten interested enough to root for a particular team if I'd lived during the days when the team-members actually came from the areas they represented. But I have no idea why people these days care how, say, The Boston Red Sox are doing when none of the players are even from Massachusetts - where's the regional pride in that? The players certainly don't care what team they're on - they'll work for whoever has the biggest checkbook.
But never mind. Baseball is an American institution and the season opens this week and I have a ton of baseball-themed material to open this week's Whizbang, so buy you some peanuts and Crackerjack and tune in.
Tuesday 3/29/11, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.
By odds so astronomically unlikely that they are nearly impossible to calculate, actor William Shatner was born on March 22nd and Captain James T. Kirk was, uh... will be born on the exact same date. Mind-blowing coincidence, right?
This week's Whizbang will open with a salute to Montreal, Quebec's and Riverside, Iowa's finest contributions to intergalactic diplomacy.
Tuesday 3/22/11, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.
As a sympathetic response to the ongoing disasters in Japan, this week's Whizbang will be devoted to the music of that country - traditional as well as pop & rock, jazz, electronic, ska, experimental, rockabilly, lounge and more.
Tuesday 3/15/11, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.
It's Fat Tuesday - time to get in that second line and party with The Wild Tchoupitoulas, Dr. John, The Isley Brothers, The Meters, Professor Longhair and all the other N'awlins royalty. And that's what we'll be doing for the first half of the I.W.H. this week.
And it's always a cause for celebration whenever The Chandler Travis Philharmonic graces the world with a new album, especially one called Chandler Travis Philharmonic Blows!
We'll be featuring a few tracks later on in the show. Read all about it here:
Tuesday 3/8/11 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.
President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961. It's had its ups and downs since then but is still active, with over 7,000 volunteers currently in service or in training.
The I.W.H. has featured music about peace many times, but it's always a theme worth re-visiting and certainly an appropriate occasion to do so.
Tuesday 3/1/11, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.
First of all, let's clear up any lingering confusion: although Dec.1st is Eat a Pie Day, and January 23rd is Pie Day, the entire month of February is Great American Pie Month. Got it? And what better way to celebrate than by not playing "American Pie" by Don McLean and instead playing every other pie-related audio slice I can come up with?
A very happy Lupercalia to all our listeners. Yes, the I.W.H. will be dancing with wolves this week as we celebrate the original version of Valentine's Day, which involved loincloth-clad young men running through the city of Rome, playfully striking people, especially women who hoped to become pregnant and/or have an easy childbirth, with strips of skin (known as 'februa' - hence the name 'February') from a goat sacrificed for the occasion. If that doesn't say romance to you then I don't know what will.
And what does all this have to do with wolves? Glad you asked:
Many legendary wolves will be joining us, including those associated with Peter, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.
Tuesday 2/15/11, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.